Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all.
Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will
tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX
development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development
for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his
viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development.
Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in
AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a
to having one's body shaved and thrust into a pool of warm alcohol.
Please don’t write and plead for a change in my aversion to writing
Robert F. Kennedy once said, "There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May he
live in interesting times.'" The enterprise Java space is "interesting."
Not too long ago, folks like Bruce Tate, Gavin King, and Rod Johnson were
pushing lightweight frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate, and there is
still a lot of true innovation going on with AspectJ, Spring, Hibernate,
WebWork, JBoss (method invocation handlers), and more. This lightweight POJO
revolution shook the enterprise Java world.
Having endured building applications with EJB 2.x and Struts, using Spring
and Hibernate was lik... (more)
Back before Java became popular, I was a C++ bigot. I programmed in nothing
but C++. I lived, ate and breathed C++. If it wasn't C++, it was rubbish. I
thought C++ was the alpha and omega of object-oriented programming. I had
"operator overloading" for breakfast, "templates" for lunch and "multiple
inheritance" for dinner, and I always went back for seconds.
Then a funny thing happened. I got a new job at another company as a C++
programmer. But they pulled the old bait and switch. Once I started working,
someone suggested writing a good portion of a large project in a scripting ... (more)
What This Series Is About
This article is Part 2 of a series that discusses the many languages that
compile and/or run on the Java platform. This is an interactive series. Java
Developer's Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java
programming language in the JDJ Forum. Your vote will decide which languages
will be covered by the series, and in what order. The last time I checked,
JPython and NetRexx were neck and neck. NetRexx, though not mentioned
previously, will be covered in the next article.
There are some great languages that I didn't mention last month, but as ... (more)
What This Series Is About
This article is Part 3 of an interactive series that discusses the many
languages that compile and/or run on the Java platform. Java Developer's
Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java programming language
in the JDJ forum. Your vote will decide which languages will be covered by
the series, and in what order. A lot of languages work in the JVM, but this
series will cover only the most popular, as determined by your votes. To
vote: Go to the top of the JDJ Web page and click the forum graphic. Click
the "Enter the JDJ Developer's Forum" li... (more)